Berea, Wellington, Lexington residents receive top CHI Saint Joseph honors

Rachel Cope

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group has announced its 2020 Employee of the Year and Leader of the Year award recipients.

Rachel Cope, of Berea, a physician liaison, was presented the Employee of the Year award, and Patrick Anderson, of Lexington, an applications manager, earned the Leader of the Year award.

CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group annually recognizes one outstanding Employee of the Year who demonstrates the CHI Saint Joseph core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence.

“Rachel is a mother, wife, works full-time and takes classes, which is very commendable,” a nominator said of Cope. “As part of her class clinical requirements, she was the point person for very important Ambulatory Quality Goal for Hypertension Management Improvement. Rachel did an excellent job overseeing and implementing this project. She has a strong work ethic, and I can always count on her to do what she says she’s going to do.”

Known for her unparalleled work ethic, Cope participates in a variety of projects at any given time and consistently achieves exceptional results. In addition to professional admiration, her colleagues commonly praise the compassion and respect she shows others. Cope is a well-known team player and operates with the highest level of integrity.

Similarly, CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group annually presents one employee serving in a managerial position with the Leader of the Year award. Selection criteria include an outstanding demonstration of leadership led by core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence. This year’s recipient, Patrick Anderson, was nominated by several colleagues.

“Patrick is a man of his word – he follows up and is reliable,” said one colleague. “Patrick works well in groups and is sure to include many different groups of people in order to obtain consensus and have a project on the right track. This is especially evident in his work on the Medical Group Portal and in revising the Provider Onboarding process. He is a great co-worker, leader and friend.”

Colleagues say Anderson has also proved to be an invaluable resource during the COVID-19 pandemic, working hand-in-hand with both patients and physicians to ensure the technology needed to support virtual visits was available and functioning optimally.

Both award winners were recognized during a special, virtual ceremony.

Meanwhile, Saint Joseph Hospital has announced its 2020 Employee of the Year and Leader

Christy Browning CHI St JOe, Friday Nov. 20, 2020 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Mahan Mahan Multimedia

Andrea Maynard CHI St JOe, Friday Nov. 20, 2020 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Mahan Mahan Multimedia

of the Year award recipients.

Andrea Maynard, of Lexington, supervisor of Rehab Therapy Services, and Christy Browning, RN, CEN, of Wellington, were presented with Employee of the Year awards. Vickie Heierman, of Lexington, director of Rehab Services, was named Leader of the Year. Vickie Heierman was also named CHI Saint Joseph Health’s overall Leader of the Year for 2020.

Saint Joseph Hospital annually recognizes one outstanding Employee of the Year who demonstrates the core values of

Vickie Heierman/Photo by Mark Mahan

reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence. This year, there were two recipients.

“Andrea is driven to do her best as an individual, in patient care, as a team leader and as a mentor,” a nominator said. “She communicates well with co-workers and staff. She is a good steward and encourages others to be as well.”

Maynard’s colleagues say she leads by example, treating all employees and patients with dignity and respect regardless of gender, race, age or socioeconomic status. Of particular note is Maynard’s dedication to the Haitian community. She has participated in several mission trips to Haiti to help build homes, teach and provide medical services, and has even learned to speak Creole to improve her ability to communicate.

Browning was also a recipient of an Employee of the Year award.

“Christy never fails to show compassion to her patients, their families, visitors and her co-workers,” a nominator said. “She sees and treats people holistically, always finds a silver lining, demonstrates perpetual patience and respect, and never fails to find a kind word or action to soothe her patients and families in crisis. She truly has a heart of gold.”

Browning is the only Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) on her floor, and actively works to educate patients on the processes and procedures taking place. Her colleagues say her dedication to education and collaboration also means that she is an excellent resource for new members of the team.

Similarly, Saint Joseph Hospital annually presents one employee serving in a managerial position with the Leader of the Year award. Selection criteria include an outstanding demonstration of leadership led by CHI Saint Joseph Health’s core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence. This year, the hospital recognizes Vickie Heierman.

“Vickie always complies to our mission and does what is asked of her,” said a nominator. “Recently the rehab director at Saint Joseph East retired, and when asked, Vickie started filling in with their Rehabilitation Department as well. Even though she now works at various facilities, you never hear her complain. Vickie does all that is asked of her and truly shines our mission.”

Even after 41 years at Saint Joseph Hospital, Heierman continues to take on new roles and supports the community in a variety of ways. Whether she’s playing the flute in a band during Spirit Week or collecting canned goods for a local giving program, Heierman is eager to be a leader who is active in all areas of the community.

All award winners were recognized during a special virtual ceremony.

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